'I voted for you': Woman posing as reporter questions Kamala Harris at press conference

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A woman posing as a Univision reporter pressed forward with questioning Vice President Kamala Harris despite having no ties to the outlet.

Daniel Coronell, the president of news for Univision in the United States, tweeted on Tuesday that the woman introduced as "Maria Fernanda" at the vice president's news conference had no affiliation with the outlet.

"In Mexico an individual which has no association with @Univision claimed to be a reporter for @UniNoticias in order to ask the @VP a question and to compliment @KamalaHarris," he wrote. "Let it be clear to everyone that Ms. Maria Fernanda Reyes is not part of this media organization."


Symone Sanders, a spokeswoman for Harris, replied to Coronell's tweet, saying, "Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are looking into this."

On Tuesday, the woman, who was originally identified as a Univision reporter, told Harris it was an "honor" to ask her a question because she "actually got to vote for the first time as a naturalized citizen, and [she] voted for [her]."

"My question is: What would you say to these women, those mothers, and also women of color on both sides of the border, farmers, many of them who I see every day, as a message of hope, but also what will you do for them in the next coming years?" she asked.

Harris thanked her for the question, saying it was a "priority" for her "to convene women leaders to talk about exactly this issue" during her two days in Guatemala and Mexico.

"We can look around the world and see that there is still so much work to be done to fight for the equality of women, to fight against the disparities that exist in every sector, be it education or the economy, and to your point, to give people hope in the process of doing that," she continued, adding that promoting women's access to capital is a key concern for her.

On Tuesday, Harris declared her two-day sprint through Guatemala and Mexico to address the "root causes of migration" a "success," saying the "tangible" agreements she brokered with both Guatemala and Mexico on the trip "are the results of the work leading up to this week."

"Do I declare this trip a success?" she asked. "Yes, I do. It is a success in terms of a pathway that's about progress. We have been successful in making progress."

The visit, however, has not been without controversy, with many on the Right criticizing the vice president for not visiting the U.S.-Mexico border. After she was asked about a possible border trip by NBC's Lester Holt, Harris said, "And I haven't been to Europe."

"And I mean, I don't understand the point that you're making," she continued while laughing. Harris said she has been to the southern border before and "will go again."

The White House has since floated a vice presidential trip to the border.

The vice president has been accused of sending mixed messaging to would-be migrants hoping to breach the U.S.-Mexico border. While she was a vocal proponent of several amnesty measures as a senator, Harris told those considering making the dangerous trek not to enter the U.S.

"I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come," she said in Guatemala.

The U.S. is facing a large number of migrants, particularly unaccompanied minors, crossing the southern border. More than 178,000 migrants were encountered at the border in April, according to data collected by Customs and Border Protection. Reports indicate an unprecedented 117,000 migrant children will enter the U.S. by the end of the year.


Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

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